About Me

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ZAINAB ZAHRA SYED is a Writer, Performer & Educator

As an internationally touring  Spoken Word Artist, Zainab has performed & taught workshops at venues in the US, UK, Europe, South Asia and Australia. She has also facilitated workshops on writing as expression, healing and empowerment at the women's prison in Rhode Island, to trauma victims in Pakistan, and currently works with migrants and refugees in Australia. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Australian Poetry Slam and won the Brown University Slam in 2012. She has also been a teaching artist at Said Poets Society. In 2017, Zainab joined Performing Lines WA as an Associate Producer.

Zainab is passionate about curating spaces and facilitating conversations that celebrate creative expression while elevating and inspiring people to become the best versions of themselves. In 2015, she co- founded WORD Ink, launching Pakistan's first poetry slam as well as other workshop & lecture programs creating safe spaces for the youth to respond to the insecurity around them in a non-violent manner. in 2016 she co-founded illUMEnate: U+Me For Humanity, a safe space for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people in Australia to celebrate their diversity, commit to change & spread the love through creative expression & critical conversations at events held periodically.

Zainab graduated from Brown University in May 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics, spiritual cultivation, reclaiming narratives & reimagining communities. Her first full length manuscript weaves the history of the Pakistani Partition with personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile memory and the act of remembering. Her poetry has been published in Recoil Magazine, Peril Magazine, Uneven Floor, Visions Magazine, The Missing Slate, Awaaz and other literary journals at Brown University. 

She is currently a Humanitarian Observer with the Immigration Detention Monitoring program at the Australian Red Cross. Previously, she has worked as a consultant researcher at UWA & NYU. In 2015 she worked in Peshawar, with the Ministry of Change to coordinate the Trauma Counseling, Training, Art Therapy and Media Awareness efforts in the Aftermath of the Army Public School Shooting.  She is a member of the International Alliance of Women, representing the organization at the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York from 2013-2015. She also volunteered  with the Humanitarian Settlement Services at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource CentrePeople's Climate March & International Women's Day Celebration Steering Committee's in Perth, WA.

Zainab currently lives between Lahore, Pakistan and Perth, Australia and has known home in many other places including Providence, Sana'a, London, Llantwit Major, Bucharest, Lahore & Islamabad.